My son and a friend were walking around the neighborhood the other day when they saw one of the neighbor cats coming out of the woods carrying something in its mouth. “What is that?” asked my son.
“It’s a squirrel!” his friend yelled, “Get the cat!” The chase was on. From what I hear, they had quite the adventure, yet they finally cornered the cat and rescued the stunned but living baby squirrel. My son’s friend is trying to nurse him back to health.
God is just like that! Peter compares Satan not only to a cat, but to a lion (1 Peter 5:8). He prowls around looking for someone to devour – someone who has carelessly wandered too far from the nest. However, when Satan sees his opportunity and catches someone, God springs into action right away.
He’s relentless, chasing Satan down until He corners him and makes him drop his prey. Peter tells us to be self-controlled and alert to avoid such a perilous situation as that little squirrel found himself in. Yet, should we or someone we love be snatched, it’s comforting to know our God is ready and able to render immediate aid.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
–1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
“Almighty God, please make me and those I love self-controlled and alert, giving Satan no opportunity to capture or harm. Today I pray for those who have been snatched and live in peril. Please hurry to their rescue, Lord, and render needed aid. Make them strong, firm, and steadfast once again. Specifically, I’m praying for these…”